Teaching Goals for 2019

2018 is drawing to a close and I wanted to look forward to the new year.

When classes commence for me on January 7th, I will be halfway through the school year. The year began in a bumpy fashion, but with a great deal of patience, through, support from colleagues and my family, things turned around nicely.

I dealt with stress coming from all directions in 2018. I had a challenging class, my father had an extremely serious medical emergency, something that will be ongoing for months/years to come and I’m searching for work.

Of course, the stress from the job hunt is something all of us international teachers face when we decide it is time to leave a school and seek new adventures elsewhere (this will be a dedicated post).

2018 has had some positives, but I will be very happy to put the year to bed.

I wanted to think of some goals I will set for myself in 2019. Some small….some biggish.



I am finally going to get the Making Better Teachers Podcast up and running. I am a seasoned podcaster so I know what to do. I have to schedule my time better though in order to make it happen on a timely and weekly schedule.

Be a better listener in the classroom. I plan to slow down and take more time to listen to my students’ stories and answer their questions.

Wherever my family and I will be moving for my new teaching position, we will have a positive attitude and treat it like an amazing adventure.

Become more involved in outdoor education.

Learn even more about insects and birds (the more of an expert I am, the better I can teach).

Move to a place where I can readily take my son hiking and exploring the forest.

Camping… (to center/relax me and make me a more knowledgeable outdoor educator).

Figure out what the deal is with Flipgrid and see if I can use it with my Grade One class!

Make more connections between schools where I work and outside conservation and education groups.



There are many things I want to accomplish in 2019 and I think they are all very doable!

What are your teacher goals for 2019?



About the Writer:

Kevin O’Shea is a PYP/Nature/Outdoor educator currently based in Beijing, China. He is a father, husband, and avid conservationist. Kevin is an advocate for outdoor play and nature education.  He is the host of the long-running Just Japan Podcast and is currently developing the Making Better Teachers Podcast!

Twitter: @MadForMaple

Email: makingbetterteachers@gmail.com


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